Michael Merritt

Michael Merritt

Media Arts
Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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My Arts in Education program would consist of an overview of the independent movie making process. With the aid of camcorders, lights, and a computer, the goal of the group would be to explore expressing their ideas and emotions as filmmakers. The residency would be divided into phases. The students would write, shoot, and edit a short film. Throughout the residency, we would discuss how communication, cooperation, organization, problem-solving, preparation, time management, and responsibility play major roles in our field. I am also available to conduct workshops for teachers and EAST programs.


I received my bachelor degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where I wrote my second book of essays, short stories, and poems entitled Coalescence. I received my film diploma from the New York Film Academy located in Manhattan, NY. I have written, directed and produced several short films and mini documentary films over the past 7 years. I am currently in production of my third book and editing a several documentaries that highlight Arkansas' rich heritage.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: Elementary; Middle/Junior High; Senior High
Geographic Availability: Statewide
Time Availability: Open except July 15-31
Special Needs: Each group will need lights, camera, computers, and a desire to learn.